Emily Kicklighter, Aspiring School Leader
Speight Middle School
Emily earned an undergraduate degree in Music Education from Meredith College and a Master’s degree in Church Music from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. She was recognized as Teacher of the Year in 2014. Emily taught Chorus and General Music at Springfield Middle School in Wilson County where she served as the Leadership Team Chair, School Improvement Team Chair and MTSS Team Chair. Her students consistently participated in the NC Honors and All-State Choruses and receive Superior ratings at the NC Music Performance Adjudication.
Emily currently serves as a Principal Resident at Speight Middle in
Vision and Experience
As an educational leader, I believe all stakeholders should work together to create an environment where all students can reach their full potential. Students should feel safe and supported while being held to high expectations. Literacy should be the center of our curriculum to ensure that all students become independent lifelong learners. I will work daily to provide students with a challenging yet equitable education that addresses the whole child in body, mind, and spirit.
The North Carolina Leadership Academy (NCLA)
at NC State University
Emily Kicklighter is an NCLA Fellow.
NC State University’s North Carolina Leadership Academy’s innovative design will make a significant impact on improving student achievement in high-need NCLA schools and will provide an exemplary principal preparation program to improve leadership preparation in Greene County, Lenoir County, and Wilson County Public Schools.
For more information about NCLA, please visit go.ncsu.edu/ncla